The Clem to celebrate Independence Day June 28

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 21, 2019

 Last year’s event attracted record numbers downtown as the city and county celebrated their bicentennials.

Last year’s event attracted record numbers downtown as the city and county celebrated their bicentennials.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens is preparing to light up the night sky during its annual Independence Day celebration fireworks along the riverfront June 28.

Organizers say the 28-minute fireworks show is slated to start at dusk — approximately 10 p.m. — and can best be viewed from Clinton River Park, along Gratiot Avenue, between Crocker Boulevard and Dickinson Street.

Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority Director Michelle Weiss said the celebration is a countywide tradition, with over 60,000 attendees descending upon the downtown area.

“This event has been a regular early summer staple since the late 1970s and continues to be a local favorite,” Weiss said.

The evening’s festivities will kick off with the Riversight and Sound Concert, which is sponsored by Oakland University-Macomb. Nightline will take the gazebo stage at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Barb Dempsey said various downtown streets will be closed starting around 6 p.m., and revelers can save a spot on the lawn with a blanket or tarp along the Clinton River no sooner than 8 a.m. on Friday.

She said families are allowed and encouraged to bring their own coolers, outside food and beverages to the event. Strollers and wagons are also welcome.

Various food trucks and other vendors will be on hand, including GoCheez Food Truck, Buchanan’s Best Wings & Things, Shredderz Food Truck, Road Dogz Food Cart, Sorrento Pizza, Captain Kool Ice Cream Bars, Wally’s Frozen Custard, kettle corn and Good to Glo, as well as face painting and body art.

The fireworks show, which is being sponsored by the Webber Foundation, will be choreographed again this year by the Zambelli Fireworks Co.

For the fireworks, northbound Gratiot Avenue will be closed to traffic between Church Street and Dickinson Street 6 p.m.-midnight. In addition, Crocker Boulevard, between northbound Gratiot Avenue and First Street; First Street, between Crocker Boulevard and Dickinson Street; and eastbound Cass Avenue, between northbound and southbound Gratiot Avenue, will be closed 6 p.m.-midnight.

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